On December 16, 2022, Martin A. Baboolal, 34, of Henryville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of thirteen counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of felony Fleeing, one count of Flight to Avoid Apprehension, ten counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, felony Institutional Vandalism, six counts of Accidents Involving Damage to a Vehicle, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Criminal Mischief.
The charges resulted from an incident which occurred on September 13, 2021, where police officers from the Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg attempted to effectuate a traffic stop of the vehicle driven by Baboolal. At the time, he had numerous warrants for his arrest. Baboolal failed to pull over his vehicle and instead drove at dangerously high speed along Route 611 in Pocono Township. The pursuit was ultimately terminated after police lost sight of the vehicle.
The following day, on September 14, 2021, members of the Pennsylvania State Police attempted to apprehend Baboolal on the outstanding warrants. Baboolal fled the police in his vehicle and proceeded to drive from a residence in East Stroudsburg through Paradise Township. Throughout the pursuit, Baboolal drove at dangerously high speeds, attempted to strike numerous police officers and drove his vehicle into six vehicles. Two troopers sustained serious injury to which they have recovered. Six other state troopers were nearly injured during the pursuit. Due to the quick, safe and effective response from the state police, Baboolal was apprehended without injury to any members of the public.
After listening to three days of testimony and evidence, the jury deliberated for approximately forty minutes before delivering the verdict.
The Honorable Jonathan Mark, of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas presided over the trial.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 13, 2023. Baboolal has been remanded to the Monroe County Correctional Center to await sentencing.
The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office is pleased with the jury’s verdict. The District Attorney’s Office is committed to supporting law enforcement in ensuring the safety of the public. The investigation was led by Trooper Jonathan Bailey of the Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg. Assistant District Attorney Christy Schlottman was the prosecutor on this case.
In addition, on November 9, 2022, Baboolal was also convicted of felony Fleeing and related offenses for leading police officers from the Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg and the Pocono Township Police Department on a high speed pursuit in Pocono and Paradise Townships. This incident occurred on October 22, 2020. The investigation was also led by Trooper Jonathan Bailey. Baboolal is currently serving a 56-114 month sentence for this conviction.